ZwiftHub Joins the Zwift Insider Family

ZwiftHub Joins the Zwift Insider Family

We, like many of you, were surprised when it was announced that popular route badge tracking site ZwiftHub would be shutting down at the end of April. Toby, the sole developer/artist behind the project, explained the reason for the shutdown:

First of all: Thank you to all the amazing individuals in the indoor cycling community who supported ZwiftHub. Thanks for sharing the cost of hosting the web app with me and for your supportive messages that kept me motivated to keep working on the project.

Exactly one year ago I published ZwiftHub and wrote this post on Reddit. What a journey it has been. ZwiftHub started as my first coding project in my endeavor to pursue a career change, combining my need for some practical software development experience and my passion for cycling.

When I started this hobby project, I didn’t dare to dream that one year later it has over 2,000,000 page visits, 60,000 registered users, and 280,000 unique visitors from 166 countries. My personal highlight was the recognition by two cycling media outlets I’ve been a fan of for a long time: GPLama and CyclingTips .

So why do I shut down ZwiftHub? Whilst I celebrated the success of the web app, the increasing user number meant that what started as a fun project ended up in a lot of unpaid work and higher costs to cover due to more traffic. Answering support emails, catching up with Zwift’s latest changes, fixing bugs, maintaining the backend, etc. This took up a lot of my free time – time I don’t have anymore because…

I have a new job! As I mentioned in the beginning ZwiftHub was my starting point to a career change to software development. It worked out. And, dream come true, I am able to stay within the indoor cycling realm. I’m working now for the company whose Kickr kicked off my indoor cycling career. I will keep working on enhancing your indoor cycling experience as a software developer at Wahoo Fitness – The Sufferfest.

Although Wahoo would allow me to keep my hobby project, this doesn’t align with my values; it’s not the right thing to do. As a longtime Wahooligan, I’m grateful for this amazing professional opportunity and want to focus on this challenge without distraction.

Thanks again to everyone who was part of this journey. No matter if Zwift or The Sufferfest, indoors or outdoors, fast or slow, uphill or downhill: I love cycling, you love cycling, spread the love, stay safe and healthy and I will see you out there!

Toby

While we were delighted to hear that Toby had achieved his career change goal – a dream come true for him! – we also knew that ZwiftHub served a need in the community. We, like many of you, didn’t want to see it go away.

At its core, ZwiftHub lets you track which Zwift route badges you’ve earned. It also provides a slick interface for filtering routes by world, map schedule, distance, elevation, and more. And of course, the route profiles Toby designed are super-useful, which is why we’ve included them (with Toby’s permission) on our route detail pages!

One of Toby’s beautiful route profiles – this is The Uber Pretzel

Toby did some very fine work with ZwiftHub, and we knew Zwifters were happily using it every day. So we contacted him and began discussing the possibility of taking over the site. And today we’re happy to announce that we’ve reached an agreement wherein ZwiftHub will continue to thrive under the Zwift Insider umbrella and expand as Zwift adds new routes!

If you’re already a ZwiftHub user, just continue using the service like before. And if you’ve never signed up to use the site’s badge tracking features, we’d encourage you to do so! Visit ZwiftHub.com to get started, and if you need a little help, here’s a printable PDF plan to ride all the Zwift routes.

Sponsors

Notably, Zwift has stepped up to help sponsor the migration of ZwiftHub content and other setup/maintenance/support tasks. But we’ll be looking for another ZwiftHub sponsor or two so the site doesn’t have to survive on donations alone. Message us at [email protected] if you’re interested in sponsoring!

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Eric Schlange

Eric runs Zwift Insider in his spare time when he isn't on the bike or managing various business interests. He lives in Northern California with his beautiful wife, two kids and dog. Follow on Strava

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Christopher Sterwerf
Christopher Sterwerf (@csterwerf)
4 months ago

Thanks sooooooo much!

Gordon Sloan
4 months ago

That’s great news Eric 👍. people will be pleased

JimH
JimH
4 months ago

THANK SO MUCH! You (and Toby) are an amazing gift to the Zwift community!

Eric Clopper
Eric Clopper (@eric-clopper)
4 months ago

This is awesome news, Eric!
Well done in contacting Toby and working out a deal. Excellent stuff. You continue to do great work for the entire Zwift community.
Bravo.

Carolyn Audilet
Carolyn Audilet (@caudilet)
4 months ago

Thank you!!

Julian Fussell
Julian Fussell (@julian-fussell)
4 months ago

Well done Eric – great news. Will be looking forward to new routes. Would you now consider adding the ‘rebel routes’ ?

Gil_SantaMaria
Gil_SantaMaria
4 months ago

Amazing, Thank you Eric. Zwift should incorporate this idea and help develop the project. In fact, you should be the Sponsor of ZwiftHub and help develop a platform that provides information that is very useful to Zwift users. They don’t have anything like that

Giovanni R.
Giovanni R.
4 months ago

Brilliant news! Thanks Toby for the great work (and congrats for new job!) and thanks Eric/Zwiftinsider family!

Christine
Christine
4 months ago

Such good news! Thank you!

M4rk0
M4rk0
4 months ago

This is awesome!

Evan
Evan
4 months ago

That’s great! Congrats to Toby! The site is in good hands.

Peter Ricc
Peter Ricc
4 months ago

Absolutely excellent news. Zwift Hub continues to live under new management.

I was just perusing that site yesterday thinking that there is no way this site can be allowed to disappear into the archives of the WAY BACK MACHINE!

Amber Starfire
Amber Starfire
4 months ago

Awesome news!!

Steve
Steve
4 months ago

Awesome news! Thank you all

Stitt
Stitt
4 months ago

❤️❤️❤️

Sean S Phillips
Sean S Phillips
4 months ago

Great news Eric. Other than Zwift doing it themselves (which they still should) this is the next best option!

Jimmy
Jimmy
4 months ago

Yeah it’s a shame we even need 3rd party sites like this (and Zwift Power, although hopefully now being integrated). Zwift are slow to implement some of the most desired options, such as accessing all this information in the home screen and not having to start a ride to see what routes you want to do. Even just a tick next to completed routes in the pull down list of routes would make things so much more helpful.

Temps 09
Temps 09 (@quatre24)
4 months ago

Thank you for taking over the zwifthub site.

Karen
Karen
4 months ago

Good to hear the Hub is being kept. Thanks Eric

Daniel King
Daniel King
4 months ago

Does Zwifthub link to your Zwift account and automatically update as badges are achieved?

Jimmy
Jimmy
4 months ago
Reply to  Daniel King

Unfortunately not. It’s essentially like having your own spreadsheet that you update manually to keep track of the routes/badges, but done in a really helpful and informative way. As others have said shame it’s needed at all. I just have a printout of the routes I tick off with a pen, but Zwifthub is a great resource for checking the routes out without having to log into Zwift.

Dor Da
Dor Da
4 months ago

I have switch from zwifthub to pornhub but i think it’s not the same. zwifthub its better.😜

Yo Chen Ha
Yo Chen Ha
4 months ago

Thank you Eric

C.L.F.
C.L.F.
4 months ago

Good news! It’s great that this worked out as it seemed to be the perfect match in order to keep the site running.
Toby, excellent work! And all the best for your new job!
And yes, I also think your project is in good hands now.

You bought me some time to finish my last two route badges (for now!) 🙂

Stefan Lundmark
Stefan Lundmark
4 months ago

This is awsome news! Thank you to everybody involved! 🙂

James Grant
James Grant
4 months ago

Thanks Eric, and Toby for passing the site into safe hands.

Des Duffy
Des Duffy
4 months ago

That has made my day, I certainly made use of the zwifthub website and will continue to do so now, thanks to you. I can keep ticking off those badges now…….ride on!

Jim Blockley
Jim Blockley
4 months ago

This is great news. No API as yet though? So we need to toggle routes completed manually? Cheers!

Jules
4 months ago

That’s awesome; thank you Toby and thank you Eric !

Steven R Cuthbertson
Steven R Cuthbertson
4 months ago

Fantastic news! Much better than Microsoft Excel!

Downunder
Downunder
4 months ago

Thanks Eric.

Yvonne Rosenqvist
Yvonne Rosenqvist
4 months ago

Lovely! Zwifthub is fantastic :). Thank you Toby and thank you Zwift

Dennis
Dennis
4 months ago

Great move Eric!

Adam Taylor
Adam Taylor
4 months ago

Great news yes but I was hoping zwift themselves would scoop it up and integrate it . Still, this is really great regardless thanks

Simon Collins
Simon Collins
4 months ago

Well done Zwift Insider!!! Fair play for doing that…..this has made everyone happy no doubt!!!

Squbel
Squbel
4 months ago

Great news! Thanks for saving Zwifthub!

Andre Schültke
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Andre Schültke (@schuelli238)
4 months ago

WOW! Many thanks to Toby, Eric and Zwift for sponsoring.

Michelle Williams
Michelle Williams
4 months ago

This is the best news!!! I love ZwiftHub and unhappily downloaded a paper list yesterday. Thanks for seeing the need and acting on it!

Shaun Harris
Shaun Harris (@vgrntbeauxner)
4 months ago

Fantastic!

Martin
Martin
4 months ago

Thank you Tony and Eric!!

Martin
Martin
4 months ago
Reply to  Martin

“Toby”

Andy Spanhak
Andy Spanhak
4 months ago

And there was much rejoicing!

Martin Parry
Martin Parry
4 months ago

That’s great news, thank you.

david irwin
david irwin
4 months ago

just thanks!

Keith
Keith
4 months ago

Well played!

Andrew
Andrew
4 months ago

Excellent news, a very helpful site

Holger Highlander
Holger Highlander
4 months ago

Dear Eric, many thanks indeed – made my day. Zwiftinsider and Zwifthub are super useful tool which I clearly would miss deeply. Such a relief.

Robert
Robert
4 months ago

Great news.

Would be even greater if the Zwift UI was slick enough to make ZwiftHub useless, but then again, world peace would also be desirable, and both are in the same probability category.

Fabian
Fabian
4 months ago

Just great. Already planned to somehow copy this page at least locally.

Christof
4 months ago

Great news.
Maybe Zwift could also open up a bit, so that I don’t have to manually select my trophies.

Jason Watts
Jason Watts
4 months ago

Well done! This is great news! Thank you!

Thomas Christiansen
Thomas Christiansen
4 months ago

Brillant! Thank you Eric, and thank you Toby!

Ray Gutt
Ray Gutt
4 months ago

Thanks, Eric and Toby!

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